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Charles Lewis: 935 Lies/The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 23rd, 2014 8:42 AM |

One of the best lines I ever read in The Wall Street Journal was attributed to then CEO of First Boston, Allen Wheat. When asked about a senior executive who had recently departed the firm, Wheat rhetorically inquired and responded, “How do you know when he is lying? His lips move.”

Regrettably, couldn’t we say the same about so many of our so called political and business leaders? I think there is little doubt.

Life in and around Washington, Wall Street, and elsewhere in America now seems much more to revolve around rationalization than integrity. With the media often complicit in allowing the lying to go fully unchecked, our society suffers. Against this backdrop, I am very excited to pick up a copy of a book scheduled to be released tomorrow entitled 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity written by a new Sense on Cents favorite, but longstanding journalistic giant, Charles Lewis.

What are some of the Lies for The Ages, as designated by Lewis?: (more…)

What Was Mark Hurd Thinking?

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 9th, 2010 3:39 PM |

High school kids do stupid things all the time. With little appreciation of the risks involved, stupid pranks or immature behavior can often have serious consequences. Hopefully by the time the high schooler heads off to college, the days of immaturity are in the rear view mirror. What is the lesson many high schoolers learn? Actions have consequences.

This lesson is certainly not restricted to those in high school. That said, how is it that a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, in this case Hewlett-Packard’s Mark Hurd, can engage in behaviors that lend themselves to those of high school sophomores?

There are real lessons in this professional soap opera for all of us. What do those lessons include? The Wall Street Journal addresses them in writing, Mark Hurd Neglected to Follow H-P Code,  

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s standards of business conduct suggest that employees pose themselves a simple test to decide whether an action is appropriate: “Before I make a decision, I consider how it would look in a news story,” the document states. (more…)

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